The Art Of Hanging Art

So many people find hanging art in their home to be an onerous task, way too complicated to undertake by themselves. Or, conversely, they dive in headfirst without understanding some art hanging basics.


Well, here are some ideas on art installation that can either ease the worry, or help to get it right.

  • how high (or low for that matter) is correct when hanging a piece of art? 

The rule of thumb is, the center of the piece, for a single work or a collage, should be eye level for the average height person. 

  • Is it acceptable to mix mediums in both art and frames throughout the room?

Absolutely, in fact, I encourage it. In the end of it all mixing mediums in a large collage makes for a more interesting piece. 

  • Avoid hanging art because I'm afraid hanging my artwork will damage the wall or fall due to my foundation. What should I do?

This may sound obvious, however using the correct hardware is so very important. And for larger pieces, using two art hooks spaced evenly from the center can keep the piece from shifting. Choosing the correct art picture hooks, both for the type of wall you have, and for weight distribution is tremendously important. Speak with your hardware store professional when choosing your hardware.

  • How much (or little) art do I need?

Negative space can be just as important as space used for art. Not every single space in your home needs to be filled with art. Just a reminder. Conversely, Filling a long hallway wall can be incredibly dramatic. A line of large pieces, a flowing mix of family photos for guests to enjoy. 

  • I’m afraid of the art above my sofa being damaged when people sit down.

A quick rule of thumb is generally 6 to 8” above the highest point of the couch is to the bottom of the frame is generally safe. 

  • We many times get the same question about damage, but this time above fireplaces.

Think of using a mirror above a fireplace, dramatic and easy to clean.

  • What size piece is right for the space?

Filling the space with some framing area is preferred. Erring on the side of too big instead of too small is better however. Too small and the piece can get lost.

  • Where do I hang above a headboard or sofa?    

Headboard with a single large piece? Centered and evenly spaced between the headboard and ceiling. (unless you live in a loft, or have no headboard, in which case it is judgement call time.) Sofa? One can float on one end with a single piece, double up and even space, or go with a single piece and centered, a classic look. See above for height. 

I hope this helps with some of the questions you may have. We can and will revisit this topic, so much to cover. 

Jarret Yoshida